From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South

The Quest for Naturbanity

  • Frédéric Landy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Estienne Rodary, Louise Bruno-Lézy, Julien Dellier, Sylvain Guyot, Frédéric Landy
    Pages 1-31
  3. Actors: Whose Parks?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Estienne Rodary, Louise Bruno-Lézy, Frédéric Landy, Mayara Morokawa, Janie Swanepoel
      Pages 35-62
    3. Julien Dellier, Sylvain Guyot, Frédéric Landy, Rafael Soares Gonçalves
      Pages 63-84
    4. Frédéric Landy, Pauline Texier, Sylvain Guyot
      Pages 85-107
  4. Beyond Local Challenges: The City-Park Relationships

  5. Circulation of Practices, Discourses and Models

  6. To Conclude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285

About this book


This important volume focuses on the sensitive issue of interrelationships between national parks situated near or within urban areas and their urban environment. It engages with both urban and conservation issues and and compares four national parks located in four large cities in the global South: Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Though primarily undertaken as academic research, the project has intensively collaborated with the institutions in charge of these parks. The comparative structure of this volume is also original and unique: each of the chapters incorporates insight from all four sites as far as possible.
The term “naturbanity” expresses the necessity for cities endowed with a national park to integrate it into their functioning. Conversely, such parks must take into account their location in an urban environment, both as a source of heavy pressures on nature and as a nexus of incentives to support their conservation. The principle of non-exclusivity, that is, neither the city nor the park has a right nor even the possibility to negate the other’s presence, summarizes the main argument of this book. Naturbanity thus blurs the old “modern” dichotomy of nature/culture: animals and human beings can often jump the physical and ideological walls separating many parks from the adjacent city. The 13 chapters and substantive introduction of this volume discuss various aspects of naturbanity: the histories of park creation; interaction between people and parks; urban governance and parks; urban conservation models; wildlife management; environmental education; and so on. This is a must-read for students and researchers interested in social ecology, social geography, conservation, urban planning and ecological policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Frédéric Landy
    • 1
  1. 1.French Institute of PondicherryPondicherryIndia

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